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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The hate crime fallacy

My nomination for the week's dumbest headline is from Heat Street:
Linda Sarsour Was Wrong: Slaying of Muslim Teen in Virginia Was Road Rage, Not Hate Crime
Murder is a hate crime.

But the only reason lefties (and some righties) argue against calling this a hate crime is the social status of the murderer.

You see, it was an illegal alien who murdered 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, a Muslim, while she was walking home from her mosque.

From Heat Street:
Police detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department have since charged Darwin A. Martinez Torres with murdering Nabra, following an extensive search for the girl. Investigators determined that Nabra was walking with over a dozen other teenagers outside after nightfall to a mosque when they got into a dispute with Torres, who was driving a car.
“As they were returning to the mosque, some were on the sidewalk and others were on the road itself,” investigators said. “Detectives believe Torres came upon the teens while he was driving. The investigation reveals a teenaged boy on a bike began arguing with Torres. Torres then drove his car onto the curb as the group scattered.”
“Witnesses say Torres caught up with them a short time later in a nearby parking lot and got out of his car armed with a baseball bat and began chasing the group,” the police statement continues. “Torres was able to catch Nabra. His anger over the encounter led to violence when he hit Nabra with a baseball bat.”
So an illegal alien from El Salvador confronts a group of Muslims with a baseball bat, but somehow that is not a hate crime or Islamophobia.

It's road rage.

How about we just call it murder by an illegal alien?

We have not ended racism in America. We merely reversed the polarity of its pecking order.

Apparently it is now Illegal Alien > Muslim.

But what is really weird is the hair splitting over road rage and hate crime. Is road rage an excuse? Really? Are road rage victims slightly less dead?

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  1. So if I claim Road Rage, and that I'm a Hispanic Woman, and undocumented too boot, I can get free legal representation from a Lefty?

    1. With that combo, no lawyer needed. Charges would not be brought.

  2. I saw the guy's picture, and to me, he looks like a "white Hispanic", so, no doubt about it, he's GUILTY.

  3. I just hate it when I can't get my "whom to blame" pecking order straight!

  4. CharlestonDailyMailJune 20, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    You put retired on your bio but you were sacked. How can you be trusted when you can't be straight on such a basic point?

    1. LOL I get a pension check from Charleston Newspapers on the First of each month, and a Social Security check on the second Wednesday every month.
      I don't care if you trust me or not.

    2. I'd bet CDM is a Gazetter.

    3. Well, that happens, Sam
      For the record, of course, I was fired. I have not misled readers on that, but why dwell on it -- as a reader said. At that point I dropped that line from the bio.

    4. He can be trusted because he has a long record of honesty that has earned him that trust. And that's from someone who was a frequent reader and commenter over at his long-ago blog when he was still toiling at the paper.


    5. CDM, that one is rich. Trusted? Take a look in the mirror, you wanker. NO ONE believes the media any more, least of all you who know you're telling lies on a daily basis and print em anyways. How do you live with yourself? And what if - what if - Big D got the sack because he refused to tell lies? You're unbelievable.

  5. I was just at Althouse, and gadfly is over there.
    In case y'all have missed him/her/it.

    1. I miss Gadfly. Althouse handles her commenters pretty good.

    2. Althouse's commenters handle other commenters like gasfly pretty good. They give no quarter.

  6. What's a Love Crime, anyway? Besides the entire Clinton Administration, I mean.

  7. I help run an execution search firm (please don't send me your resume or ask me for a job - that's not how it works). Anyway, you'd be amazed how many talented people get the axe, often for reasons that have a lot to do with politics and nothing to do with performance. And most people, with a little hindsight, look at their firing as a blessing that catalyzed their next career move. So Don, as an avid reader of your blog, let me say that if your getting sacked helped to bring this blog into being, well...fantastic!

  8. This was just about to get the full 24/7 "incite race riots" treatment by the legacy press - right up until "illegal alien". Overnight, it is now getting the "local story", "old news" treatment. Poof! Story disappears from the national press like it never happened.

    1. Good point. The media is like a 6 year old and his favorite cereal. This week it's Cap'n Crunch, next week Count Chocula, then Trix, then Sugar Pops, then Lucky Charms...

  9. "Cap'n Crunch is a RAAAAACIST!" -- Count Chocula